Woodrow Wilson: a Biography

Woodrow Wilson: a Biography

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By (author) Jr. John Milton Cooper

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  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf
  • Format: Hardback | 702 pages
  • Dimensions: 170mm x 244mm x 43mm | 1,089g
  • Publication date: 15 May 2010
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0307265412
  • ISBN 13: 9780307265418
  • Illustrations note: 16 PAGES OF PHOTOGRAPHS
  • Sales rank: 600,817

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The first major biography of America's twenty-eighth president in nearly two decades, from one of America's foremost Woodrow Wilson scholars. A Democrat who reclaimed the White House after sixteen years of Republican administrations, Wilson was a transformative president--he helped create the regulatory bodies and legislation that prefigured FDR's New Deal and would prove central to governance through the early twenty-first century, including the Federal Reserve system and the Clayton Antitrust Act; he guided the nation through World War I; and, although his advocacy in favor of joining the League of Nations proved unsuccessful, he nonetheless established a new way of thinking about international relations that would carry America into the United Nations era. Yet Wilson also steadfastly resisted progress for civil rights, while his attorney general launched an aggressive attack on civil liberties. Even as he reminds us of the foundational scope of Wilson's domestic policy achievements, John Milton Cooper, Jr., reshapes our understanding of the man himself: his Wilson is warm and gracious--not at all the dour puritan of popular imagination. As the president of Princeton, his encounters with the often rancorous battles of academe prepared him for state and national politics. Just two years after he was elected governor of New Jersey, Wilson, now a leader in the progressive movement, won the Democratic presidential nomination and went on to defeat Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft in one of the twentieth century's most memorable presidential elections. Ever the professor, Wilson relied on the strength of his intellectual convictions and the power of reason to win over the American people. John Milton Cooper, Jr., gives us a vigorous, lasting record of Wilson's life and achievements. This is a long overdue, revelatory portrait of one of our most important presidents--particularly resonant now, as another president seeks to change the way government relates to the people and regulates the economy.

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John Milton Cooper, Jr., is professor of history at the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of Breaking the Heart of the World: Wilson and the Fight for the League of Nations and The Warrior and the Priest: Woodrow Wilson and Theodore Roosevelt, among other books. He was recently a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. He lives in Madison, Wisconsin.

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"Cooper's much-anticipated biography finally gives Wilson his due. The preeminent living historian of Wilson and his era, Cooper has studied the man an his times for decades...he now presents us with his magnum opus. The book is deeply, indeed exhaustively researched, and beautifully, often movingly narrated. It is far and away the best biography of the 28th president we have, and as such it is unlikely to be surpassed." --"Boston Globe" "Cooper's monumental new biography seeks to revive Wilson for the 21st century--not simply to narrate a presidential life, but to explain why he deserves our national esteem....An admiring and engaging work of presidential revisionism.... A powerful, deeply researched and highly readable case for keeping Wilson in the top ranks of American presidents." --"New York Times Book Review" "Wilson comes alive in Cooper's insightful and important biography.... It's easy to see why Wilson captures many imaginations. We still want to believe what Wilson believed: that there is a common right, that we can find it, and that it matters most of all." --"Newsweek" "Cooper clearly admires his subject but is not blind to his faults. His is a nuanced portrait of the 28th president.... It also offers lessons for another intellectual professor-turned-president, who combines principle with pragmatism. He, Wilson, and Teddy Roosevelt are the only presidents to receive a Nobel Peace Prize while still in office." --"Cleveland Plain Dealer" "A noted Woodrow Wilson expert comprehensively examines the life and career of America's 28th president.... Cooper exhibits complete command of his materials, a sure knowledge of the man and a nuanced understanding of a presidency almost Shakespearean in its dimensions." --"Kirkus" (Starred review) "[O]ur leading Wilson authority...offers a comprehensive, felicitously written biography aimed at scholars but accessible to general readers, too.... He admires Wilson f